I still can’t sleep in this wee hours of the morning so I thought of making this list of selected good books I have read which accumulated over the years. In another post,  I listed the “10 Reasons Why I Love Reading.” 


This is a pretty exhaustive list (I’m exhausted after hand-writing it first), yet it does not include all the e-books, audio books, magazines, booklets and of course, the school books I have read in my life as a bibliophile.

Until now, I still have unfinished books sitting in my bookshelf, so I often feel guilty buying new ones while seemingly abandoning them. I do get back on reading them once-in-awhile.

Here’s a selected list of 166 books I read (and recommend you read) in random order:


1. The Pen Commandments – Steven Frank

2. So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer – Elizabeth Ong

3. The Freelance Writers Handbook – Andrew Crofts

4. Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul – Jack Canfield etc.

5. Resumes That Knock ’em Dead – Martin Yate

6. How Literature Saved My Life – David Shields (April 13, 2015)

7. Break Into Fiction: 11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells – Mary Buckham & Diana Love (September 22, 2015)

8. Blushing: Expressions of Love in Poems & Letters (January 20, 2016)


1. Marketing Effectively – Moi Ali

2. Your Attention, Please: How to Appeal to Today’s Distracted, Disinterested, Disengaged, Disenchanted, and Busy Audiences – Paul Brown & Alison Davis (August 2, 2013)

3. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable – Seth Godin (February 10, 2015)

4. Affinity Beyond Branding – Martin Goldfarb & Howard Aster (March 11, 2015)

5. Permission Marketing – Seth Godin (January 17, 2017)

Communication & Public Speaking

1. Transformational Speaking – Gail Larsen (November 4, 2013)

2. Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World – Michael Hyatt (March 5, 2015)

3. How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations – Jeremey Donovan (May 22, 2015)

4. Super Communicator – Frank Pietrucha (May 11, 2017)


1. Mastering Composition and Light – The Kodak Library of Creative Photography

2. Photos With Impact – Tom Mackie

3. Shooting and Sharing Digital Photos for Dummies – Julie Adair King

Leadership / Management

1. What Makes A Leader – Stan Toler (given by Enrique John Garon, December 23, 2006)

2. Where Leaders Dare – Publisher: Lighthouse Books

3. The Leadership Secret of Jesus – Mike Murdock (borrowed from Richard Lee)

4. Handbook for Youth Ministry – Wesley Black

5. God’s Little Devotional Book for Leaders – Lighthouse Publishing

6. Finishing Well – Bob Buford

7. Small Changes, Big Results – Jerry Foster 

8. The Way of the Shepherd – Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak (May 2, 2012; borrowed from Harrelson Merlan)

9. Leading Through A Crisis – Harvard Business Press (November 28, 2013)

John Maxwell

1. Partners in Prayer

2. Developing the Leader Within You (given by Moises Herras)

3. Think On These Things (given by Jeffry Moyamoy)

4. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

5. The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork (borrowed from Vince Española)

6. Becoming A Person of Influence (borrowed from Christian Diente)

7. Leadership Promises (Devotional)

8. Winning With People

9. Failing Forward

Wealth / Business

1. Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki

2. Why We Want You To Be Rich -Donald Trump, Robert Kiyosaki

3. 45 Home-based Business – Entrepreneur, Publisher: Summit Media

4. Smart Business Ideas – Entrepreneur, Publisher: Summit Media

5.  NeGOsyo-21 Steps on How to Start Your Own Business – Joey Concepcion

6. NeGOsyo-50 Inspiring Stories of Celebrity Entrepreneurs – Joey Concepcion

7. 8 Secrets of the Truly Rich – Bo Sanchez

8. Simplify and Create Abundance – Bo Sanchez

9. Pera O Puri – Ed Lapiz

10. Manage Your Time – James Mankletow

11. You Can Reach The Top – Zig Ziglar

12. Successful and Satisfied 

13. Stock Smarts: Stock Investing Made Easy – Marvin Germo, RFP (November 12, 2014)

14. Stock Smarts: Winning Strategies for Investing – Marvin Germo (November 28, 2014)

Self-Help / Personal Growth

1. Life Preservers – Harriett Lerner PhD

2. If I Really Wanted To Make A Difference I Would…

3. The 24-Hour Turn Around – Jim Hartness and Neil Eskelin

4. Simple Steps: Ten Things You Can Do To Create An Exceptional Life – Dr. Arthur Caliandro

5. Help Yourself – Dave Pelzer

6. Be Your Own Best Friend – Thomas Whiteman & Randy Petersen

7. You Are What You Think – David Stoop Ph.D.

8. The 60 Second Innovator – Jeff Davidson (December 26, 2013)

9. Conquering an Enemy Called Average – John Mason (October 27, 2014)

10. StandOut: Find Your Edge. Win at Work – Marcus Buckingham (December 1, 2014)

11. You’re Stronger Than You Think – Dr. Les Parrott (January 14, 2014)

12. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell (January 29, 2015)

13. Start Something – Yeng Remulla (February 3, 2015)

14. The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing – Jeff Goins (April 23, 2015)

15. When Work Gets Tough, You Just Have to Laugh – David Naster (given aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Jewel, finished reading April 27, 2015)

16. Simplify Your Work Life – Elaine St. James (January 15, 2016)

17. Do Over: Make Today The First Day of Your New Career – Jon Acuff (May 9, 2017)

18. Unlocking the Habit Code – Mike Grogan (May 25, 2017)

Spirituality / Religion

1. The Bible

2. Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do – Robert Schuller

3. Bondage Breaker – Neil Anderson

4. My Heart Will Go On Singing

5. Victory In Jesus – LeRoy Lawson

6. Have a Good and Godly Day – John MacArthur

7. E-mail from God for Men – Andy Cloninger (borrowed from Jeffry Moyamoy)

8. Every Young Man’s Battle – Stephen Arterburn

9. The Life God Blesses – Jim Cymbala

10. Finding Comfort – Nelson Dy (given by Mark Jayson Llena)

11. The Heart of God – Floyd McClung (Christmas gift from Richard Lee)

12. The Mystery of the Empty Stomach – Joey Bonifacio

13. Found: God’s Will – John MacArthur

14. Ang Sagot sa 100 Tanong ng mga Pilipino – Pat Robertson

15. Your Best Life Now – Joel Osteen (borrowed from Jeffry Moyamoy)

16. Accidental Missionary – Steve Murrell

17. The Devil’s Door – John Bevere (borrowed from Dr. Andy Javier)

18. A Divine Revelation of Hell-Tagalog version – (borrowed from Jesusa Bibat) 

19. Created to be God’s Friend – Henry T. Blackaby (given by Dr. Andy Javier in December 2006. Finished reading October 6, 2011) 

20. THINK: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God – (March 3, 2012 borrowed from my church mate and friend, Raymond Golez.)

21. You Were Made for More – Jim Cymbala (from Joul Carpio, given as  an exchange gift on our 2011 Victory Group Christmas Party)

22: The LEGO Principle by Joey Bonifacio (March 15, 2013)

23. 64 Lessons for a Life Without Limits by T.D. Jakes (October 11, 2013)

24. Break Out!: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life by Joel Osteen (May 11, 2015)

Joyce Meyer

1. Me and My Big Mouth! (borrowed from Feli Rodillas)

2. Battlefield of the Mind

3. The Power of Determination (November 1, 2012)

Ken Gire

1. Windows for the Soul (borrowed from Brenda Lee)

2. Moments With The Savior (given by Jeffry Moyamoy)

Philip Yancey

1. What’s So Amazing About Grace? (borrowed from Mona Lisa Pondales)

2. Soul Survivor

3. Reaching for the Invisible God

4. PRAYER: Does It Really Make Any Difference?

5. Where Is God When It Hurts?

6. Finding God In Unexpected Places

7. Disappointment With God 

8. The Jesus I Never Knew (December 18, 2011 – borrowed from Keshia Tolentino. A book I attempted to read back in 2001 – 2003 when I was a new Christian)

9. What Good is God? : In Search of a Faith that Matters (March 29, 2013)

Charles Swindoll

1. Growing Strong In The Seasons of Life

2. Hope Again (previously borrowed from cousin Christian Diente and currently re-reading a new book given by Thomas Oliver Bautista)

3. Wisdom for the Way (Devotional)

4. Quest for Character

Max Lucado

1. When God Whispers Your Name (borrowed from Dr. Andy Javier)

2. In The Grip of Grace

3. Grace for the Moment (Devotional)

4. Next Door Savior

5. The Great House of God (borrowed from Dr. Andy Javier)

6. Come Thirsty (September 19, 2011 – borrowed from Jeffrey Joul Carpio)

7. Cure for the Common Life – (March 29, 2012)

8. Live Loved – (March 16, 2013)

9. In the Eye of the Storm – (October 31, 2013)

10. Every Day Deserves a Chance – (November 23, 2014)

11. Fearless – (January 1, 2015)

John Eldredge

1. Wild At Heart

2. Waking The Dead

3. The Journey of Desire

4. Beautiful Outlaw (June 14, 2012 – borrowed from Dar Paolo Laririt)

Bruce Wilkinson

1. Prayer of Jabez (given as a birthday gift by Moises Herras, February 9, 2002)

2. Secrets of the Vine

3. A Life God Rewards


1. Streams In The Desert – L. B. Cowman

2. Today Counts – Harold Sala

3. Pierced By the Word – John Piper

4. Devotions for the Man In The Mirror – Patrick Morley

5. Several editions of “Our Daily Journey” and “Our Daily Bread” by RBC Ministries

6. Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren

7. What Matters Most for Men – (November 5, 2013)

Prayer / Worship

1. Touch The World Through Prayer – Wesley Duewel

2. Extravagant Worship – Darlene Zschech

3. Listening Prayer – Mary Ruth Swope (borrowed from Gayle Escueta)


1. The Friendship Factor – Alan Loy McGinnis

2. God’s Remedy for Rejection – Derek Prince

3. How To Get A Date Worth Keeping – Dr. Henry Cloud

4. The Mark of a Man – Elizabeth Elliott (given by Rodel “Cocoy” Soniel February 12, 2006)

Joshua Harris

1. I Kissed Dating Goodbye

2. Boy Meets Girl

3. Not Even A Hint

Novel / Fiction

1. Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

2. The Pull of the Moon – Elizabeth Berg

3. Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach

4. Para Kay B (O Kung Paano Dinevastate ng Pag-ibig ang 4 Out of 5 sa Atin) – Ricky Lee (March 9, 2015 – finished reading after just one day! Hooray!)

5. Para sa Broken Hearted – Marcelo Santos III (May 16, 2015)

6. Ligo na U, Lapit na Me – Eros Atalia (January 1, 2016)

John Green

1. Looking for Alaska – (March 14, 2015)

2. An Abundance of Katherines – (April 25, 2015)

3. Paper Towns – (May 27, 2015)

David Levithan

1. How They Met, And Other Stories (April 3, 2015)

2. Every Day (July 29, 2015)

Bob Ong

1. MacArthur – Bob Ong (borrowed from Faye Aguilar)

2. Stainless Longganisa – Bob Ong (borrowed from Sheila Kristine De Leon)

3. Kapitan Sino – Bob Ong (borrowed from Sheila Kristine De Leon)

Paulo Coelho

1. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (June 2, 2011 – borrowed from my cousin, Kim Coloma)

2. Like the Flowing River (July 24, 2011 – borrowed from Dar Paolo Laririt)

3. The Alchemist (January 18, 2012 – borrowed from office mate, Mark Anthony Urbano)

Anthologies / Selections

1. The Best of Young Blood – Publisher: Anvil

2. Soul Moments – Phil Cousineau

3. The Best of Chico, Delamar, and Gino’s “The Morning Rush Top 10” Book 2 (April 1, 2015)

4. Wag Lang Di Makaraos: 100 Dagli (Mga Kwentong Pasaway, Paaway, at Pamatay) – Eros S. Atalia – (May 8, 2015)


Having completed reading these books and even finishing this list are, for me, a great accomplishment. More importantly, the lessons  which I continue to apply in my life and share with people whose lives I influence, are my greatest trophies.

A few book reviews I wrote are posted here.

I’ll do my best to update this list, but I don’t want to make a promise I cannot keep, so I’m making this promise to myself so as not to disappoint anyone. LOL!

Got questions, comments, or suggested readings along my line of interest?

Bring them on!

30 thoughts on “Bookshelf

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Pat. I actually tried reading that novel before although I was unable to finish it then. I’m more of a non-fiction reader and I seldom read novels. I’ll try to get hold of a copy and try finishing it this time. 😉


  1. woa! you’ve read a lot, bro! hope to do this too and read more books.. if only I have the luxury of time. 😀


  2. hi,

    you’ve got an interesting list of books here..

    ung kay joshua harris, dalawa pa lang ung nabasa ko dun, di ko pa nabasa ung not even a hint… since you’re interested in inspirational books, i suggest reading Og Mandino’s Twelfth Angel..

    To GOD be glory till eternity!

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  3. I recommend The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck
    ngayon ko lang nalaman yung “Not Even a Hint” ni Harris, will try to look for a copy.


  4. Huwaw, andaming libro , I was amazed how huge your bookstore was? LOL just kidding..You have a lot of books than mine…you’re’ a really certified bookish man!. 🙂


    1. @ Pedro – I really don’t have a huge bookstore at home, bro. I only have shelves of books but I do intend to have my own mini-library someday.

      If you’ve noticed, some of these books listed above are actually borrowed from others. 🙂


  5. Omg can I call you a book-worm ? Which is exactly what I want to be. God you’re like a walking library. You’ve introduced me to quite amazing books. Thanks man ❤


  6. Hi Adrian, I do appreciate you leaving a comment in my blog. I never thought some stranger would check in and actually read my post. Thanks for encouraging me to write better..and bolder!

    And you’ve got a nice list of books in here. Question, are all these still with you? Or are they travelling somewhere else? haha! If they’re with you. where do you keep them? I’ve had a growing stack of books and have not really decided on how to preserve/keep them.

    Boundaries by Townsend and Cloud is highly recommended. Go check it out. 🙂


    1. Hey Jai! (Did I get your name right?)

      Most of the books are still with me (I have a bookshelf that needs replacement now). Some of the books in this list I just borrowed and returned to their respective owner, while my other books I lent to friends (and officemates) who failed to return them. 😥

      I suggest you buy your own cabinet or bookshelf so you could treasure your books for life – and review them in the future if needed. Aside from “displaying your wisdom” to people (Hehe!), your books can also serve as your “legacy” for family and friends someday.

      I’ve been seeing “Boundaries” by Townsend in Christian bookstores but maybe I don’t need it yet that’s why I never thought of buying it. But thanks for the suggestion. I’ll look into it and check it out. 🙂


      1. Yes you got it! Most people call me Jai. 🙂

        Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll go look for a bookshelf then. Ang problema lang di ko alam kung san ilalagay sa munti kong kwarto. But I surely will find a way though. Baka kasi maunahan ako ng mga anay pag tinambak ko lang sa sulok. Haha!

        I’d love to hear your thoughts about the book pag nabasa mo na.

        Keep writing and inspiring people! 😀


  7. This is a wake up call for me to learn more through reading. Thank you Kuya Aden! 🙂
    Thank you for all your encouraging words! Keep on writing and influence more people. 🙂


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